In 1991, I began a campaign to change the gun laws in America. It was accidental. Having grown up in the turbulent 60s, the groovy 70s and the excessive 80s, the thoughts on guns depended where you were geographically, and culturally. The Gun Control Act of 1968 had made firearms the scapegoat for the murder of the Kennedy’s, King, and El Shabazz. It was an easy sell. War is still hell. Criminals still kill people. Bad guys still exist.
Every thirty years since the first gun control act in the Virginia colonies preventing the Indigenous people, Chinese and African from owning firearms, the issue of gun control flares like sunspot. Politicians find the support to lie and instill fear of the inanimate object. Organizations grow based on that lie and people that don’t want to think believe.
Every thirty years, gun laws become more restrictive. Common sense is excused. The facts are ignored and popular opinion shifts away from reality.
What has happened in the Commonwealth of Virginia in the past few months is right on schedule.
The response is different though. In the past thirty years, we have connected via the internet. The news is still fed to us, but it can be chosen. Information can be shared without government approval. People are able to decide what they want to believe. The tactics to divide us are still the same and still work however.
Fearing a repeat of the deadly violence that engulfed Charlottesville more than two years ago, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam declared a temporary emergency Wednesday banning all weapons, including guns, from Capitol Square ahead of a massive rally planned next week over gun rights.
The Governor of Virginia, mobilized law enforcement to imply that the decades old Lobby Day in Richmond was a threat to the Commonwealth. The passing of sanctuary cities in over 150 locales in the state added to the fervor. What is worse is that the same governor that may have donned black face in college, insinuates that the Virginia Citizens Defense League is like the white supremacist that plagued Charlottesville in 2017. Yes, he found some crazies to arrest prior to Lobby Day but the 3000+ people that successfully showed up, not only cleaned up after themselves but were law abiding.
He declared a state of an emergency and bans guns from Capitol Square. The media loved to show us the pictures of the armed brothers and sisters outside that area.
Gun control is and always has been racist.
The racism nobody will admit is against the white male gun owners of Virginia.
I have spoken at the VCDL gun rights rally a couple of times in the past twenty years when it didn’t conflict with my travel to the Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trade Show. It is held every MLK weekend. Some question whether I had a problem with that day being used as a Lobby Day, a gun day?
My answer is hell no. Even if you are not a gun person you call it a day of service, not a day off. When I was in Richmond, following the rally, Virginians respectfully went on appointments to meet with their elected officials. I know the group, and have seen the great work they have done for those that believe in the US Constitution. The Virginia Citizens Defense League is a non-profit, grassroots organization dedicated to advancing the rights of Virginians to keep and bear arms pursuant to the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution and Article I Section 13 of the Constitution of Virginia.
Gun control doesn’t work. It has always been a failure. We cannot legislate behavior. Criminals don’t obey law. Making new laws (we already have over 20,000 gun laws) does not save one life. It has been a faithful trick of the politician for centuries. Making new laws looks good for the politician but does nothing for the neighborhood.
In December 2019, I retired from the fight we know as Gun Rights. It is a “never ending battle for truth, justice and the American way.” I don’t know anyone that has ever “retired” from a job that didn’t pay a salary but one that was 24/7 representing the under-represented, maligned and demonized gun owner; but I did it.
I pass the baton to the growing and connected diverse number of activist that didn’t exist when I started calling myself the Black Man with a Gun. They are dynamic. They are all colors of the rainbow.
What’s next for me?
I still love podcasting. I’m going to pivot and rebrand. I have started a new channel and podcast to support the great men I have met that are fathers that could use an advocate, a cheerleader and a resource to do the right thing, be a good man, and a better dad. I want to be a better uncle, friend and brother. I plan to continue to inspire, motivate and teach guys I know how not to make the same mistakes I have. I want to show them how others have succeeded in family matters.
I made some stupid mistakes as a husband. I want to share those so others don’t. I did some great things as a day and I want to share those. I think my kids learned by watching me interact with different things. How dad handled it was processed, sometimes imitated. I think my kids learned how to regulate their feelings and behaviors by watching my struggles. It didn’t end at age 12 either. They needed to see and hear me talk about adult issues too. I think parents throw their kids out too soon with too many threats available for them to have to fend for themselves. I created a podcast to help my brothers know they too can do better than their fathers did.
We don’t talk about winning as dads. When I got married and instantly became a father, I wanted to be a good dad. I’ve learned some stuff and know BS when I see it. I want to share some dadvice here with you in addition to ready children’s stories that might inspire you to pick up a few for your munchkins on the new YouTube channel.
My mission is to speak to and about elements of fatherhood, and men’s issues. I want to help the person that forgets or needs a reminder that we can do better.
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